Yoga-thon this weekend


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December 11, 2014 9:09 AM

Yoga enthusiasts will have an opportunity to indulge this weekend at the Karma for a Cause Yoga-Thon being held on Dec. 13 at Serenity Yoga Studio.

The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature various styles of yoga taught by different local instructors and all proceeds will go to The Olive Tree.

“It’s a bunch of local teachers that are putting on this event and they’re all doing it for free,” said Michelle Latus, a Lloydminster yoga instructor who is organizing the Yoga-Thon.

“I know that in Edmonton, for example, they often have karma classes. So how it works is people make a donation and the money goes to charity, through the studio.”

Latus, who just completed her 200-hour yoga training, came up with Karma for a Cause as part of the practical for her course. She said she was just doing the event as part of her teacher training but it snowballed and now she is thinking of taking the thing a bit further.

“For me, it’s part of my course, but then I got some local instructors on board and there’s actually two instructors coming from North Battleford too,” Latus said. “So, it kind of grew from me needing to do it for one class to turning it into an event here and hopefully it can continue next year.”

Having just completed her training, Latus hasn’t had the chance to set up her own studio. She said it was hard to find someone to donate their space for free, but after attending one class at Serenity Yoga Studio, she met owner Dale Foss who was willing to lend a hand.

“It’s hard when you already have instructors giving their time for free and then trying to pay a fee on top of that and then donate the money. So it’s really good that Dale gave her space,” she said.

A big part of the “Karma” aspect obviously involves the charities. Latus said she approached The Olive Tree because they help out a lot of different people and she liked what they’re about.

“I’ve heard about them and I just went forward to them. I don’t really know anybody there but I thought it was a good cause. They’re fairly new in town so I thought they would be a good group to support, that help a wide range of people, not just one demographic.”

Latus, who will being teaching at the Servus Sports Centre in January, said people who attend can expect an inviting atmosphere free of the intimidation one might feel going to the gym. Because yoga isn’t just about the physical workout, but about finding your peace and centre as well, she figures there will be something for everyone to get into.

“For myself it started as a physical practise and then I found this peace within, without getting all hippie,” she said with a laugh.

“If you want to come out for the workout that’s great, if you are looking for something more, I’m sure you will find it.”

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